Physical Therapy for Urinary Incontinence in Bend, OR
A variety of factors can cause urinary incontinence. From stress incontinence where leakage occurs with physical movement or activity to urge to incontinence after prostate cancer surgery, our pelvic floor physical therapists have the knowledge and experience to help you regain control.
Urinary incontinence is common but never normal. Finding a treatment that permanently addresses the dysfunction is essential for fully regaining the freedom to live your life. At Alpine Physical Therapy, we are pleased to offer pelvic floor physical therapy for both men and women.
What is a Pelvic Floor?
Your pelvic floor is a sling of muscles that supports the bladder, uterus (in women), and bowel. A strong pelvic floor helps control the release of urine, feces, and gas. Often, the pelvic floor muscles become weakened after pregnancy or prostate surgery. Like any muscle in the body, you can strengthen your pelvic floor to control urinary leakage, among others.
Types of Urinary Incontinence We Treat
While moving or performing a physical activity, such as running, urinary leakage is a common concern for many Americans. If you brace yourself before sneezing or coughing or find yourself avoiding certain activities due to concerns about leakage, urinary incontinence physical therapy may be right for you.
Stress incontinence occurs when an action, such as sneezing, puts pressure or stress on your bladder. Stress incontinence is more common in women than it is in men.
Do you race to make it to the bathroom in time or have an intense urge to go upon arriving home? Urge incontinence can cause you to wake at night to urinate frequently. For many people with urge incontinence, leakage occurs when they don’t make it to the bathroom shortly after the urge is felt. If this sounds familiar, our incontinence experts may be able to help you stop the urge.
Urinary Incontinence After Prostate Surgery
In approximately 65 percent of men who have had prostate surgery, urinary incontinence can be a problem for up to a year. According to the Cleveland Clinic, long-term urinary incontinence can remain for 6 to 8 percent of men who have had their prostate removed. Often, the type of incontinence for men who have had prostate surgery is stress incontinence, where leakage occurs when lifting something heavy, sneezing, or coughing. If you find you have urinary leakage issues, physical therapy for incontinence after prostate surgery may be right for you.
Do you frequently urinate throughout the day? Do you get up more than once a night to use the bathroom? If so, you may have an overactive bladder (OAB). More common in women, OAB causes a frequent and often sudden urge to urinate that can be challenging to control. A strong need to urinate is felt frequently throughout the day and night. Leakage can occur in some people with OAB. A healthy bladder signals the brain that it is getting full, but can wait to urinate. With OAB, the feeling is sudden and urgent, regardless of whether or not your bladder is full.
How Physical Therapy for Urinary Incontinence Can Help You
There are many treatments available to help combat incontinence, but often they are invasive or require medication or repeat treatments. At Alpine Physical Therapy, our pelvic floor physical therapy team are experts at diagnosing and treating urinary incontinence in men and women.
Depending on the unique needs of the individual, treatment for urinary incontinence in our Bend, OR clinics may include:
- Pelvic floor strengthening exercises
- Electrical stimulation
Our Urinary Incontinence Team
Molly Nelson, DPT-CLT
Emily Dutton, DPT
Mackenzie Van Loo, DPT
Diana Spring, DPT
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Our goal is to help you regain control of your bladder so you can experience life every day without the hassles of pads and the need to know the closest bathroom location. If you would like to learn more about how we may help you overcome urinary incontinence, give the office most convenient to you a call. We look forward to meeting you.